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I'm an actor who hates waiting for shit to happen... So I create...

One of the projects I'm most proud of is my Streamy award winning series I co-created and starred in called The Bannen Way for Sony's Crackle.com.

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Bannen WATCH EPISODE #1

Episode 1: The Criminal Lifestyle

Neal Bannen wants to get out of the criminal lifestyle forever… but he owes $150,000 to the notorious prison gangster Sonny Carr. After failing to triple his money and losing all his money in a poker game, Bannen’s forced to do one more job.

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GANTT PHOTOGRAPHY

My new photography site is up and running. You can check out all my new photos as well as order limited edition, signed, and numbered giclee prints.

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Past Events 2011

DECEMBER 11
Dexter episode airs on Showtime

NOVEMEMBER 22
New series Once Upon by YouTube genius Myster Guitar Man launches. New episode every Tuesday.

NOVEMBER 6
Shooting PSA for Everybody Walk

NOVEMBER 2
Shooting new scripted series with Mystery Guitar Man and Taryn O'neill

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OCTOBER 13
Shooting Toyota Prius ad with director Alexx Henry

SEPTEMBER 21
Shooting McKenna Bourbon commercial

SEPTEMBER 19
Shooting an episode of DEXTER.

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AUGUST 16
THE GUILD
Created by Felicia Day and directed by Sean Becker. Starring Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh, Jeff Lewis and Guest Starring Mark Gantt.

AUGUST 8
LEAP YEAR
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Season Finale of the Branded Webseries created by Wilson Cleveland and starring Yuri Baranovsky, Wilson Cleveland, Alexis Boozer, Craig Bierko and Julie Warner
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JULY 11
Mark stars in a new trailer for Faux Film Fleshlightning with Jenna Haze, directed by Brandon Dermer.
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JUNE 17
Mark shoots national network commercial for Kenmore

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JUNE 15
Mark nominated for two BANFF Rockies Awards for The Bannen Way and an episode of Suite 7 he directed with Shannen Doherty.

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JUNE 9
Mark will be speaking on panel at NATPE's PicthCon


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MAY 29
Mark will be on the very cool Radio Talk show KLEAN RADIO

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MAY 11
Mark participating in Brian Rodda Consulting's Fireside Chat

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MAY 10-15
Mark acting in super secret project. Details revealed soon.

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MAY 8
Mark speaking on Mark & Elaine Zicree's SUPERMENTORS 2 Day Filmmakers Class with Michael Nankin, Neil Johnson and Suzanne Lyons.

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MAY 6-7
Mark acting in a comedy short written & directed by Brandon Dermer

MAY 4
Mark will be participating in The Young Storytellers Foundation 2011 Big Show at 6PM - Linwood Howe Elementary

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MAY 3
Mark will be speaking on panel at Digital Hollywood's Content Summit

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APRIL 7-9
Mark shoots National SEARS Commercial.

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MARCH 12-15
Mark attends SXSW Interactive & Film Festival

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FEBRUARY 20
Mark shoots a Guest-Star role on new Branded series called LEAP YEAR created by Wilson Cleveland, Yuri & Vlad Baranovsky

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JANUARY 28
Mark's second episode he directed for SUITE 7 airs. Episode #7 - Company written by Wilson Cleveland & Yuri Baranovsky starring Shannen Doherty & Wilson Cleveland.

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ALIEN BEE NEWS: The Night Visitor (Review)

THE NIGHT VISITOR is the directorial debut from actress Jennifer Blanc-Biehn and stars Brianne DavisGary Cairns, Jennifer Blanc, Mark GanttVedette Lim, and Tara Buck with a special appearance by Michael Biehn.

The movie follows a young suburban couple who are having problems with their marriage so they hire this new age spiritualist to help with their troubles. She tells them to video their lives 24/7 to help reunite the family. As they begin to do this they discover that their son is having strange conversations with an unseen entity, calling itself The Night Visitor.

As the movie plays along and we watch the couple film everything that’s going on, we see hints of strange things happening all around them. The movie has a solid story that stays confined inside this home as we watch what happens to this family, thanks to their new camera!

This strange occurrence begins with their son and we slowly watch them get sucked into what ever is going on here. We watch the couple begin to successfully work on their relationship while things around them begins to get weird, including them. These strange events that began with their son slowly spreads throughout the home and to whoever is in there! Each character ends up getting a dose of what ever it is that’s happening here and it all seems to be coming from the kid’s laptop. At first I thought there might be aliens messing around with the family and then maybe it’s more paranormal or possibly a mixture of both with a little bit of Government corruption add to the mix, I’m not sure!

The Night Visitor doesn’t rely on any big FX or over-the-top CGI, instead it uses old school tricks of the trade and gimmicks like flickering lights that pay off so well on screen. The camera captures some nice shots of shadows and some eerie, up close “face in the camera” scenes that reminded me of some of today’s biggest paranormal thrillers and the whole “found footage” thing. Since the camera plays sort of a character all its own and actually tells the story, we get this corrupted video style that shows up from time to time besides all the other stuff I just shared, oh and then there’s this laptop that plays a “little” part. All of these really helped to tell the story and what’s going on here, even though we’re left kind of scratching our heads at the end, or at least I was. I will say this, even though questions aren’t answered, we get something pretty cool at the end that fans will enjoy, a nice short cameo from Michael Biehn and a hint at some sort of Government cover up, maybe? It’s all in the eyes!

Bottom line is, the fact that The Night Visitor is Jennifer Blanc-Biehn’s first time behind the camera, she totally hits it out of the park! The movie does have its flaws though, the main two being that the movie is way too short clocking in at just 73 minutes and since it’s a slow burn style of movie, there’s no huge payoff at the end.  The story is good and all of  the acting is great, along with the character development. Without ruining the movie, there is a little tease or hint at the end that simply adds to the mystery behind The Night Visitor. Maybe that’s what they were going for here and if that’s the case then it’s a nice setup for whatever is to come!  The Night Visitor is like Paranormal Activity meets Goosebumps!

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New Production Company Formed

After successfully working together producing THE NIGHT VISITOR, my lovely fiance, Brianne Davis and I have started our own production company. We're in pre-production on the sequel to THE NIGHT VISITOR, developing SKIPPING TIME and recently optioned drama/thriller script A PLACE APART.

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Watch Short Film DONOR - Directed by Mark Gantt

SNAG FILMS distributes DONOR

Thanks to SNAG FILMS who have partnered with the Unofficial Google Plus Film Festival this year, DONOR will be distributed through SnagFilms! Last year, Alexis Boozer won BEST ACTRESS in the festival for her performance in DONOR.

Check it out: WATCH HERE

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Donor Website: http://donorshortfilm.com

 
Red Carpet Report article on Mark's Photography Exhibit

We Talk with Award-winning Actor/Director, Mark Gantt, at his Beverly Hills Photo Exhibit Opening About Making It Happen

The Red Carpet Report team was on hand for Award-winning Actor/Director Mark Gantt’s gallery opening in Beverly Hills. The photos included work done with Dennis Hopper and tells stories with images captured through the eye of a passionate artist. It also happened to be a night of birthday celebrations for the artist as he was surprised with a cake by his fiancé, actress Brianne Davis.

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Inspiration

We asked Mark what inspires him when he looks into the lens and he told us “I think it’s just in my DNA. As a kid I was a daydreamer, a lot of it would be based on something I’d seen and I would create a world or a reality based on that. As I got older, I’ve tried to take those ‘daydreams’ and turn them into stories.  Even when I’m acting, I’m thinking of things in a visual sense.

Advice

One of the things we admire about Gantt is his spirit to “make things happen” and not just wait around. On the way to the gallery opening, we saw someone with a cardboard sign saying “I Want to be Famous. www.HISWEB.com” and thought, well at least he is honest. Here’s what Mark shared with us: “My best advise is to just do it and know that it’s going to be incredibly difficult to accomplish. The act itself is not the hard part, it’s the voices in your head that tell you that your no good, that nobody will like it, that others do it better, that you are too old, too inexperienced blah blah blah blah. I think there is a feeling that if I’m doing what is true to my heart that it should be easy and fun, the truth is, that’s when our inner demons strike out most. Being big and being seen can be the most difficult things to confront. So I say, put it out there, make sure you have a trusted few who you can count on for ‘facts’ and leave everyone’s opinion on the curb. Somebody said a brilliant thing to me the other day; “It’s in the best interest for everyone involved for you to stay the same and not change.” Keeps everyone safe and comfortable. Well screw safe!

Projects

Mark is always working,  he’s in front of or behind the camera in many different “media” ways. Here’s some of the projects that he’s completed and have upcoming: “We’ve just finished post-production on THE NIGHT VISITOR, a film I produced and act in alongside my fiancé, Brianne Davis who stars in the film.” “We are gearing up to shoot the sequel in February, THE NIGHT VISTOR 2: HEATHER’S STORY starring myself and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (who directed the first one) with Brianne directing her first feature. I’ve got two series that I’ve shot sizzle reels for and will be out pitching; ANNIE TAKES OFF a female driven comedy on a plane and WHOA! a comedy about condo living and the Home Owners Association. I’ve also got two projects I’m directing next year, SEVVEN, a sci-fi/thriller short film written and starring Taryn O’Neill and SKIPPING TIME, a feature under the Blanc-Biehn Productions shingle.

He also added that he’s going to be “shooting the second season of Canadian TV series BLUFF, feature film GET BACK JOE, directed by Patrick Rea (NAILBITER) and the film I completed in September, THE SECOND REIGN OF NIGHT will be with our sales agent at the Berlin Film Festival and Sundance next year.”

Limited Editions Available

There are still a few items left from his gallery opening and are going fast this week. If you’d like to check out his work, visit him at Be sure to connect with him socially on Facebook, Twitter or go to his online photography website to see what’s available to purchase from the gallery opening which includes original work framed, unframed and all in limited editions signed by the artist.

For more info or to purchase, see http://ganttphotography.com or LIKE on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/markganttphotography

Mark also does workshops – so if you’re in the entertainment business or want to be or if you need an engaging speaker, be sure to check his website out at www.MarkGantt.com or follow on Facebook.

 
BLUFF - Now avail on ZoweeTV
 
Watch the first six episodes on ZoweeTV now!

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Mark lands Lead role in THE SECOND REGION OF NIGHT

Award-winning actor Mark Gantt accepts lead role in new feature film

On Aug. 31, 2013, a Mark Gantt representative contacted Examiner.com saying that Gantt has been selected for the lead role in the feature film "The Second Region of Night." Gantt leaves Monday for the film shoot that begins Sept. 5. He will be on location in Barcelona, Spain!

Gantt, out of Los Angeles, is an award-winning actor, writer and director. He is also a film producer.

This talented actor has many credits under his belt. A few of them are, "The Bannen Way" (2010), "Hidden in the Woods" (2014), "The Night Visitor" (2014), "Dexter," and "Ocean's Eleven" (2001).

"The film's director is Antoni Solé ('You Are A Terrorist' (2013) and 'Alpha' (2013)). This psychological thriller follows Johan Meyers (Mark Gantt), as he translates a 5,000 year old text, only to discover he has brought to life an evil curse!

Loris Curci ('Zone of the Dead' (2009) and 'll:ll:ll' (2011)) is the film's producer. They begin shooting principal photography in Barcelona, Spain on Sept. 5, 2013." - PRLog

More on Mark Gantt's background includes the fact that he is the co-­creator and star of the multiple award-­winning digital series and feature film, "The Bannen Way." The film is on Sony's Crackle which was just renewed for a 2nd season.

"Gantt is currently working on five projects in pre-­post and filming including the sci-fi horror film, by BlancBiehn Productions, 'The Night Visitor.'" - PRLog

In addition, Gantt is in pre-production on the sequel of "The Night Visitor 2" (2014). This film is directed by Brianne Davis, produced by Gantt, and he stars opposite Jennifer Blanc.

Mark Gantt, as seen at IMDb, is also a regular on the Canadian series, "Bluff," and he recently shot "Hidden in the Woods.” The latter is a remake, and he acts opposite William Forsythe and Michael Biehn.

Credit: PRLog

To reach Gantt go to Contact, and to see how he makes "stuff" happen, go to MarkGantt.com.

Enjoy clip of an interview on this talented actor by WeMakeMovies.org. Also enjoy slideshow of a variety of on and off set photos of Mark Gantt!

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Latest events

FEBRUARY 15
Begin filming THE NIGHT VISITOR 2: HEATHER'S STORY starring Mark Gantt, Jennifer Blanc, Caitlin Carmichael, Brianne Davis, Gary Cairns, Hudson Pischer and Chip Coffey. The film will be directed by Brianne Davis.

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DECEMBER 14
THE NIGHT VISITOR screens as part of the ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD FESTIVAL in San Francisco.

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NOVEMBER 13
Shooting Los Angeles portion of THE SECOND REIGN OF NIGHT
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SEPTEMBER 2
Mark begins shooting lead role in THE SECOND REIGN OF NIGHT, written and directed by Antoni Sole. Shooting in Barcelona, Spain.

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AUGUST 16-18
Check out Mark at the HOT AS HELL WEB SERIES FAN FEST in Palm Springs

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JULY 1
Begin shooting HIDDEN IN THE WOODS in Houston, Texas opposite William Forsythe.

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JUNE 13
On panel for SAG-AFTRA's Liferaft with Yuri Baravovsky, Ian Moffit, Helena Santos and Zadi Diaz
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MAY 1
Moderating panel at Digital Hollywood CONTENT SUMMIT.

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APRIL 7
Shooting Pilot D-TEC, a series for new second screen technology Samsung.

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APRIL 4
Begin shooting THE NIGHT VISITOR. Produced by Mark Gantt, Directed by Jennifer Blanc-Biehn and starring Brianne Davis, Gary Cairns, Tara Buck, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn and Mark Gantt.

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MARCH 1
Booked new feature film HIDDEN IN THE WOODS. They are shooting the English Language version with Michael Biehn.

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FEBRUARY 18
Mark begins teaching acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Mark began studying with Milton Katselas in 1999.

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FEBRUARY 9TH
Final day of shooting on WHOA! with Taryn Southern, Linda Blair and Leslie Jordan.

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FEBRUARY 4TH
First season of new digital series THE INN launches. Created by Steve Silvmeran and stars Crystal Chappell and myself. I come towards the end of this season.

FEBRUARY 1-4
Shooting great film with Joe Penna again. Very excited about this project!

JANUARY 19 - 20
Shooting pilot presentation for new digital series WHOA! Created by Scott Richter, starring Linda Blair and myself!

JANUARY 12
Shooting scenes from new feature film FINDING CALI

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DECEMBER 2
DONOR selected as part of the Unofficial GOOGLE+ Film Festival
Alexis Boozer wins Best Overall Actress
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DECEMBER 2012
Begin shooting new digital series THE INN opposite Crystal Chappell (Days of Our Lives, Guiding Light, Venice the series)
Created by Steven Silverman (Pretty The Series)

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NOVEMBER 12
New series MERIDIAN premiers on FOURTH WALL Studio's RIDESTV and on MYSTERY GUITAR MAN'S YouTube channel - November 20th.

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NOVEMBER 8-10
First Glance Film Festival - Philadelphia
I won BEST DIRECTOR for DONOR!

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NOVEMBER 6-7
Speaking at the 2nd Annual

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OCTOBER 2012
Shooting new TV Series BLUFF in Calgary, Alberta created by Jewelle Colwell

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SEPTEMBER 29
Shooting new series MERIDIAN by Joe Penna (MysteryGuitarMan) with Orlando Jones. Yeah I'm playing that douchy office manager.

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SEPTEMBER 8-10
Producing new online series
Created and Executive Produced by Sybil Temtchine & Steve Peros
Directed by Perry Andelin Blake
Executive Produced by Mark Gantt
Starring: Sybil Temtchine, Dennis Dugan, Frank Coraci, Eric Avari, Gwendolyn Yeo, Mark Gantt, Brianne Davis and Michael Lerner

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JULY 15
Completed shooting Pilot Presentation THE PROGRAM that I produced and starred in.
Created by Matt Lutz, Directed by Dylan Mulick
With Robert Forster, Kate Siegel and Brett Fliesher

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APRIL 28-29
Shooting project with web funny man Jon Lajoie and Roddy Piper (one of the nicest guys I've met) - Check Roddy Piper and Jon Lajoie's site.

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APRIL 17
Attending AMONG FRIENDS screening at Universal City

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APRIL 9
Shannen Doherty honored for Best Individual Performance from the 2012 Webby Awards in the SUITE 7 episode "Company" that Mark directed. Episode was written by Yuri Baranovsky and stars Shannen and Wilson Cleveland.

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APRIL 1
DONOR - directed by Mark Gantt WINS "Best of the Fest" Award at INDIE CINEMA SERIES FESTIVAL


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MARCH 24
Short film I directed DONOR screens at BEVERLY HILLS SHORTS FEST
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FEBRUARY 20
SECRET PROJECT REVEALED - I'm shooting HUNGER GAMES fan film STAR SQUAD playing Dr. Aurelius.

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FEBRUARY 4
Shooting a few episodes of new digital series.

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